Hana Karuta / Kyo-Maiko / Paulownia Box
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Product Description : Why is it so EXPENSIVE?
General Product Information
This karuta is packaged in a luxurious paulownia wood box with the highest quality finish.
It is an excellent product that uses glue mixed with soil for the pasting of the base paper, giving it a heavy feel, and high-quality handmade Japanese paper for the back.
What is Hana Karuta?
It consists of 48 cards, each of the 12 paintings depicts four different flowers, plants, and trees associated with each of the 12 months from January to December.
The charm of Hana-Karuta lies in its beautiful patterns. The pictures of flowers, plants, and trees that change with each season give the viewer a peaceful feeling.
Another attraction of Hana Karuta is that it is a traditional Japanese game, which allows players to experience the history and culture of the game.
When did these crafts start to craft?：1200 years ago / 800AD / Heian period in Japan
Karuta is a traditional Japanese game in which players compete with each other to get dozens of rectangular pieces of cardboard with designs, letters, or songs written on them.
It has long been popular as indoor playground equipment, mainly played during the New Year's holiday.
The origin of karuta is said to be the Heian period (794-1185) game called "Kai-Ooi". Kai-Ooi was a game played mainly by aristocratic women during the Heian period (794-1185).
In this game, two shells are divided into two separate shells, and the upper and lower phrases and illustrations of waka poems are written on the shells to find a pair.
In the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573-16013), "Nanban karuta" (similar to playing cards) was introduced to Japan by the Portuguese.
The Nanban karuta and the shell-covering were fused together, and the game came to be played with paper cards. This is the prototype of today's karuta.
What is Competitive Karuta aka martial arts practiced on Tatami?
The game of karuta was first introduced in 1904 as a competition to promote the benefits of karuta. The fighting over the karuta is so intense that it is also called a martial art on tatami mats.
In Japan, there are manga based on this game, and it has also been made into a movie, making competitive karuta very popular.
Satoshi Tamura / Tamura Shogundo
Tamura Shogundo was founded in 1921. Satoshi Tamura was born into a family of karuta craftsmen, and following in his father's footsteps, he is now a karuta craftsman who is dedicated to handcrafting karuta every day.
Tamura Shogundo's Hyakunin Isshu is also used in the traditional "Karuta Hajime New Year's Card Game" held at Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto on January 3 every year.
"The warmth that only handmade paper can bring"
We have maintained the traditions of the past without changing our methods.
We produce our products using techniques that have been refined over many years, taking advantage of the characteristics of each type of paper.
The handmade karuta will become more and more attractive as the years go by, giving it a warmth that only handmade karuta can provide, and will be used by our customers for many years to come.
Your Contribution to Craftsman
Due to the market structure (link for full articles are attached bottom), craftsman have not known who the customer is and how customer reacts to their work. We made a “Message to Craftsman” box at purchase page. We will deliver all message to every craftsman. Our review will be also shared to craftsman so please leave your comment and evaluation on review section!
Income for Craftsman: Craftsman get only less than 10% of selling price?
As written above, craftsman have not controlled last phase of sales channel that resulting in selling price is set by third-party without craftsman’s recognition. There are some cases that only less than 10% of selling price is given to craftsman. We promise with our customer / craftsman that we offer the fair trade with craftsmen in our contract!
We made an article about above problem and our challenge. Please have a read from below link
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Material & Caution
Each piece is handmade, so there are individual differences even in the same series. We hope that you will understand the change by handmade.
Please note that it will take about three months for delivery if we do not have the item in stock.